No. 1: Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry
There’s this non-stop narrative around Jarvis Landry that he single-handily changed the culture in Cleveland. That’s been perpetuated by just about every fan who follows the team since 2018 but it’s really flawed.
For one, the team didn’t start winning until 2020 when Kevin Stefanski took over. Before that, they were 7-8-1 in 2018 and 6-10 in 2019. Yes, that was better than prior seasons but again, that wasn’t because of Landry.
Cleveland was actually 0-1-1 in Week 3 of 2018 and trailing the New York Jets by 14 points when things started to get better. That was when Baker Mayfield stepped in and gave the team new life.
So yes, Landry has been a good player but it was a combination of a competent quarterback and head coach that really started to change things. Not a speech on HBO.
Still, fans don’t want to hear this and they also don’t want to admit that Landry doesn’t scare defenses. At all.
With him as the No. 1 wide receiver, defenses can crowd the line of scrimmage and make life hard on the Browns offense to find any room to operate. And while Landry had over 100 yards for the first time in Week 12, it didn’t do much at all since they had just 10 points in a loss.
If Cleveland wants to be better on offense, they need wideouts who are able to beat man coverage and create separation. That makes it highly likely that Landry will be looking for a new home in 2022.